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Bootcamp 3: Developing critical thinking tools

The 3rd edition of “Med Dialogue Young Leaders” is focusing on critical thinking skills and capacity to develop analytical skills and conceptual development based on evidence and universal values. It will take place from 29th of January to 2nd of February 2022 in Valencia, Spain.

To whom is it addressed? 

This activity would gather young leaders from the Euro-Med space, committed to addressing prejudices and misinformation, ready to exchange practices, build channels of cooperation among themselves, and develop local actions in an inclusive way and within a coherent regional framework.  

General Objectives  

Empowering youth groups to contribute to more resilient societies by: 

  • Understanding what is meant by “Critical Thinking” and discuss in depth the applications for critical thinking in youth life, 
  • Learning to review problems or needs in its multiple facets, develop questions, gather, assess, and analyze information using a variety of methodologies, 
  • Giving them a voice in the public sphere to build more resilient societies and relate with systems of values and social rules in non-conflictive and non-discriminatory ways.  

Bootcamp Structure 

The indicative structure of the bootcamp will be the following: 

  1. Training course on critical thinking and related topics 
  2. Study-visits to local organisations and projects working on critical thinking, 
  3. Public debate with thinkers, educators and social scientists discussing about what is at stake in the region in terms of developing critical thinking and preventing youth radicalization, 
  4. Designing a Common action: discussing and choosing the best format that will be developed as a common action and acquiring the relevant management guidance.  

The training course will address the following indicative topics: 

  • Knowledge of philosophical and educational skills for critical thinking  
  • Problem- Solving and Decision-Making techniques: empathy, inclusiveness, constructive exchange 
  • Prejudgments and perceptions: gender, diversity, equity, and inclusion 
  • Building resilience: seeking justice, applying social rules in non-conflictive and non-discriminatory ways 
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Facilitators’ bios

Leonardo BECCHETTI (Italy)

Leonardo Becchetti teaches political economy at the University of Tor Vergata in Rome and he is the scientific director of the Achille Grande Foundation. Columnist for the Catholic daily new…

Leonardo Becchetti teaches political economy at the University of Tor Vergata in Rome and he is the scientific director of the Achille Grande Foundation. Columnist for the Catholic daily newspaper L’Avvenire, he has founded the School for Civil Economy and the Festival of Civil Economy. Economic advisor to the Italian Ministry for the Environment, he is the author of several books on economy, social and environmental sustainability in economics and ethical finances, including “Next. Vote with your wallet!” (2015), “The macroeconomics of wellbeing and sustainability” (2019), or “Bergoglionomics. The sober revolution of Pope Francis” (2020)”.

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Mohamed MADKOUR (Tunisia)

Mohamed is consultant for development and international cooperation projects and a specialist in public policies and strategies dedicated to employment, entrepreneurship, and the promotion o…

Mohamed is consultant for development and international cooperation projects and a specialist in public policies and strategies dedicated to employment, entrepreneurship, and the promotion of private investment in the territories. With proven experience with a benchmark consulting and audit firm, a leading financial institution in Tunisia, and the largest United Nations development program, he was able to develop expertise for economic development and social alongside, and for the benefit of, key players in the public and private sectors and national and international non-governmental organizations.

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Nawel GUELLAL (Algeria)

Nawel is the Founder and the Executive Director of Human Development Network – HDN, dedicated to strengthen the capacities of social actors and therefore led the change movement towards more…

Nawel is the Founder and the Executive Director of Human Development Network – HDN, dedicated to strengthen the capacities of social actors and therefore led the change movement towards more education for social responsibility. She is also a youth facilitator, trainer and consultant on various topics such as promotion of citizenship, civic engagement, communications and social entrepreneurship. Nawel has developed through the years her expertise in the development sector by mainly working with NGOs, Associations through EU projects in the MENA region. She is also the founder of the Algerian Forum for the Promotion of Active Citizenship – AFPAC, and a contributor of Search for Common Grounds – SFCG, with articles on political, economic and social issues in the region.

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Saber Ben MBAREK (Tunisia)

Saber is a Tunisian Engineer Agronomist and a PIFEDian (member of International Program of Evaluation for Development) holding an advanced degree From Maryland University on Innovative entre…

Saber is a Tunisian Engineer Agronomist and a PIFEDian (member of International Program of Evaluation for Development) holding an advanced degree From Maryland University on Innovative entrepreneurship. He has more than 16 years of experience in several fields, including agronomy, environment, value chain and local development. As Monitoring & Evaluation expert, Saber has been conducting several consultancies with UNDP, FAO, EU and other international organizations to support private sector, NGOs and governments to develop suitable tools and conduct evaluations.

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Agenda

  • Day 1 Wednesday 14th October 2020
    04:00 – 04:30pmOfficial Launch of the Bootcamp:
    Welcoming words and presentation of the Bootcamp’sProgramme
    Suzanne Kodsi : Head of Sector Political and Social development - Relations with Regional Organisations Regional programmes Neighbourhood South – DG Near
    Gianluca Solera: Team Leader of Med Dialogue for Rights and Equality
    04:30 – 05:30pmGet to know each other: Esperts Team and Participants
    Online IceBreaking* using a virtual board Padlet (NG)
    05:30 – 06:00pmIntroduction to M&E Expert (SBM)
  • Day 2 Thursday 15th October 2020
    09:00 – 09:15amParticipants’ online presentations
    (consecutive presentation of the work of 4 participants; possible means: a video, photos, a poster, a speech; each participant has 3min. only) (NG).
    09:15 – 10:45amSSE in the Mediterranean: definitions and components (NG)
    10:45 – 11:30amOpen Talk – Q&A
    11:30 – 01:00amBreak
    01:00 – 02:30pmAreas of development and recommendations in terms of SSE in the Mediterranean
    Discovering practices for creating innovative businesses. (NG) Working groups on Breakout rooms Zoom & Plenary wrap-up (3 facilitators, 1 for each room)
    01:00 – 03:00pmIndividual Work on the Common Action – Active Online Coaching

    Where am I in all this ? Finding the purpose behind the idea. (NG) What is a Business Model? What are the components of BM? The BM role for project/action success Plenary exchange on the Common Action – Feasibility, impact and thematic groups’ creation M&E, Communication - Lessons Learnt from Common Action 1 (SBM)

  • Day 3 Friday 16th October 2020
    09:00 – 09:15amParticipants’ online presentations:
    (consecutive presentation of the work of 4 participants; possible means: a video, photos, a poster, a speech; each participant has 3min. only) (NG).
    09:15 -11:00amFollowing up on Common Action – Active Online Coaching
    Developing the right strategy for achieving social and economic impact (Thematic Working Groups) (NG) Working groups on Breakout rooms Zoom & Plenary wrap-up (3 facilitators, 1 for each room
    11:00 – 01:00pmVirtual field visit to Istanbul City Lab Experience Center (Host)

    Exchange with the host
    Emphasis on the legal forms and the ecosystem
    Comparison with Northern African and Middle Eastern SSE ecosystems

    01:00 – 03:00pmBreak
    03:00 – 04:30pmVirtual debate with economist Leonardo Becchetti on: “New trends in economy in Europe; Achieving equality in grassroots initiatives; The example of civil economy as a solution in Italy” (LB and NG)
  • Day 4 Saturday 17th October 2020
    09:00 – 09:15amParticipants’ online presentations:
    (consecutive presentation of the work of 4 participants; possible means: a video, photos, a poster, a speech; each participant has 3min. only) (NG)
    09:15 – 10:30amAdvocacy strategy principles: definitions and components (NG)
    10:30 – 11:30amOpen Talk – Q&A
    11:30 – 01:00pmBreak
    01:00 – 02:30pmFollowing up on Common Action – Active Online Coaching
    How to make it resonate ? Adopting an efficient advocacy approach (NG) Working groups on Breakout rooms Zoom & Plenary wrap-up (3 facilitators, 1 for each room)
    03:00 – 04:30pmVirtual debate with entrepreneur Mohamed Madhkour on:
  • DAY 5 Sunday 18th October 2020
    09:00 – 09:15amParticipants’ online presentations

    (consecutive presentation of the work of 4 participants; possible means: a video, photos, a poster, a speech; each participant has 3min. only) (NG)

    09:15 – 11:00amLast orientations for the Common Action to be implemented

    Operational and financial management, Evaluation and Communication : Guidelines (SBM)

    11:00 – 11:15amOnline Evaluation :

    Appreciations and comments (NG)

    11:15 – 11:30amBootcamp farewell words
    What next? (All team)
    General Q&A

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